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public British & World English

Of or concerning the people as a whole

public English Thesaurus

the public sector of the economy

the public in public British & World English

Ordinary people in general; the community

go public British & World English

Become a public company

in public British & World English

In view of other people; when others are present

Joe Public British & World English

A name for a hypothetical representative member of the general public, or the general public personified

non-public British & World English

Not open to, shared by, or concerning the public; private

public act British & World English

A law that affects the public as a whole

public bar British & World English

The more plainly furnished bar in a pub

public bill British & World English

A proposed law that affects the public as a whole

public good British & World English

A commodity or service that is provided without profit to all members of a society, either by the government or by a private individual or organization

public key British & World English

A cryptographic key that can be obtained and used by anyone to encrypt messages intended for a particular recipient, such that the encrypted messages can be deciphered only by using a second key that is known only to the recipient (the private key)

public law British & World English

The law of relations between individuals and the state

public domain British & World English

The state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, especially through not being subject to copyright or other legal restrictions

public enemy British & World English

A notorious wanted criminal

public health British & World English

The health of the population as a whole, especially as monitored, regulated, and promoted by the state

public house British & World English

Formal term for pub.

public office British & World English

A position of authority or service involving responsibility to the public, especially within the government

public policy British & World English

The principles, often unwritten, on which social laws are based

public purse British & World English

The funds raised by a government by taxation or other means

public school British & World English

(In the UK) a private fee-paying secondary school, especially one for boarders

public sector British & World English

The part of an economy that is controlled by the state

public spirit British & World English

Willingness to do things that help the public

public works British & World English

The work of building such things as roads, schools, and hospitals, carried out by the state for the community

public advocate British & World English

An official elected or appointed to advance the interests of the public, especially by investigating complaints concerning public authorities

public analyst British & World English

A health official who analyses food

public company British & World English

A company whose shares are traded freely on a stock exchange

public defender British & World English

A lawyer employed by the state in a criminal trial to represent a defendant who is unable to afford legal assistance

public housing British & World English

Housing provided for people on low incomes, subsidized by public funds

public nuisance British & World English

An act that is illegal because it interferes with the rights of the public generally

public offering British & World English

An act of offering the stock of a particular company on a public stock exchange

public opinion British & World English

Views prevalent among the public

public servant British & World English

A person who works for the state or for local government, such as a judge or teacher

public service British & World English

Australian and NZ term for civil service.

public spending British & World English

Money spent by the state; government expenditure

public-spirited British & World English

Willing to help the wider community; socially concerned

public utility British & World English

An organization supplying the community with electricity, gas, water, or sewerage

public-spirited English Thesaurus

the debris was left for public-spirited citizens to remove

John Q. Public British & World English

North American term for Joe Public.

the public eye British & World English

The state of being known or of interest to people in general, especially through the media

public assistance British & World English

Government benefits provided to the needy, usually in the form of cash or vouchers

public ownership British & World English

Ownership by the government of an asset, corporation, or industry


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